How to Frost-Seed Food Plots

If you live in an area where the surface layer of soil freezes during winter, you can save fuel and equipment costs by frost-seeding a portion of your plots. Frost seeding involves spreading seed on frozen ground and allowing the freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw cycle that occurs as spring approaches to provide good seed-to-soil contact. When moisture in …

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Food Plot Species Profile: Sugar Beets

For a unique addition to your whitetail food plot smorgasbord, try adding sugar beets. Sugar beets are actually an agricultural crop that is commonly grown for sucrose production. Farmers grow this large root-producing plant and process the root into sugar. Although commercial production occurs primarily in the northern United States, it can be an attractive …

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Kip’s Korner: Annuals, Perennials & Row Crops

Food plots are incredibly popular across the whitetail’s range, but their proper preparation, planting and maintenance can get confusing very quickly. Even a discussion of commonly-planted species can leave food plotters scratching their heads. I hope to clearly explain the main groups of food plot species and describe how they can be used in a …

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8 Rules for a Successful Hunting Plot

Beautiful fields of green dot the landscape, evidence of hunters attempting to attract deer. Many of these food plots are intended not just for nutrition but for hunting, and they are often called “hunting plots” or “kill plots.” In my experience, as the level of attraction increases, so does the level of risk when hunting …

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Food Plot Species Profile: Chicory

For a change of pace, try growing chicory – a tough cool-season perennial crop that is a preferred deer forage – in your next fall food plot. This nutritious broadleaf crop is actually in the sunflower family, but looks more like the common weed plantain. Chicory is an herb and develops a rather deep tap-root …

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